Follow Us:
Sunday, May 09, 2021

Kerala: Woman kills self after oracle ‘defames her in temple’

An oracle, or 'komaram' in Malayalam, is a man or woman who acts as a mediator between devotees and the deity at a temple.

By: Express Web Desk | Kochi |
March 2, 2020 6:34:38 pm
Kerala woman kills self, kerala suicide, woman kills herself after oracle defames her, Kerala komaram, kerala crime, kerala news, indian express The victim’s brother and husband have filed a police complaint of ‘abetment to suicide.’

A woman in Kerala’s Thrissur district committed suicide allegedly after an oracle defamed her publicly during a ceremony at a temple.

An oracle, or ‘komaram’ in Malayalam, is a man or woman who acts as a mediator between devotees and the deity at a temple, according to Hindu belief. The oracle’s remarks and pronouncements are considered prophetic by many.

During a public ritual at a temple in Manalur last week, an oracle purportedly defamed the woman, casting aspersions on her character. He also ordered her to apologise to the deity in front of nearly 200 people.

Following the incident, the woman, a mother of two, committed suicide. The victim’s brother and husband have now filed a complaint at the Anthikkad police station, demanding action against the oracle on charges of ‘abetment to suicide.’

In the complaint, the relatives allege that the woman was forced to take the extreme step after being humiliated publicly by the oracle, who purportedly made the remarks under the influence of his friend.

The police have registered an FIR and collected statements of the locals, an officer said.

The Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP), an organisation that works to promote scientific temper, has demanded stern action against the oracle and slammed him for “exploiting people’s belief system”. KSSP officials also visited the victim’s home and assured support to the family.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by